OPAL DREAM Add To My Top 10
Release Date: November 22, 2006
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 85 minutes
Distributor: Focus Features
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Writer: Peter Cattaneo
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To make everybody happy, Rex and Ashmol decide to take the imaginary friends to the mine. They make some homemade explosives and part of the mine collapses. When they return, Kellyanne says they don't have Pobby and Dingan with them. In the middle of the night, they go looking for them. Another miner in the plot right next to Rex's thinks that Rex is trying to steal his mine. After threatening to shoot Rex, he reports Rex to the police.
Kellyanne starts to lose weight and gets sick, having lost her imaginary friends. The other miners beat up Rex for "ratting," or stealing opal. A trial is set for Rex. Ashmol decides to try to find Pobby and Dingan. He finds wrappers from the candies they like to eat in the destroyed section of the mine, and he finds the opal that Dingan had in her belly button. Ashmol tells Kellyanne that her friends have been killed and pays the undertaker with the opal he found to conduct a full-fledged funeral.
The trial, meanwhile, seems to be going against Rex. Why would he be walking around the mine in the middle of the night? The story of imaginary friends doesn't hold up.
OPAL DREAM doesn't hold up either. It is a quirky movie reminiscent of 1960s symbolist movies such as KING OF HEARTS, but not as good. It confuses faith, which is real, with delusion, which is not real and is nominalistic. In other words, in a way it wants to go along to get along. If you have enough faith that you're going to find your opal, you will. The truth of the matter is that faith is a gift from God, and it is built in the secure foundation of the reality of God's Creation and His covenant. It is not whimsy or vain imaginings. As the author of Hebrews writes, faith is the evidence of the unseen things and promises of God through Jesus Christ.
The character of Kellyanne is very annoying in parts of the movie, although very well acted. Someone should have given her a spanking before she put her father's life in jeopardy. It is rare that I have seen a character in a movie who is so spoiled. Maybe the movie is setting us up for MARIE ANTOINETTE.
The setting of OPAL DREAM is in the bleak Australian Outback. The quirky characters seem to scurry through the scenes like desert critters. There is a unity and a purpose to the direction and acting, but it does not come off as interesting or appealing. So much more could have been done with OPAL DREAM that watching it engenders feeling of pathos.
OPAL DREAM doesn't hold up. It is a quirky movie reminiscent of 1960s symbolist movies such as KING OF HEARTS, but not as good. It confuses faith, which is real, with delusion, which is not real and is nominalistic. In other words, in a way it wants to go along to get along. If you have enough faith that you're going to find your opal, you will. In reality, however, faith is a gift from God and is built in the secure foundation of the reality of God's Creation and His covenant. It is not whimsy or vain imaginings.